The lights are up and twinkle in the trees that line the streets. On brilliant days, the sun reflects off of the snowcapped hills. The snow, so powdery and fine, sweeps easily off of windshields and glistens as it scatters. There’s a festive feeling in town and the tasting rooms are decorated with holiday cheer. From the tasting rooms, the valley looks more magical than ever. Perhaps its because there are fewer people around or perhaps it’s because the winter clock ticks away at a more leisurely pace, but it seems that everyone you meet in the winery is an instant friend. Pack your snowshoes and your skis, bring a book and a camera. See the Valley from the hills or read fireside. Whatever you do, pause a moment to look around and take in the beauty of the Chelan Valley – it’s naturally intoxicating.
Sometimes you just need a sure bet. Sit at the tasting counter at Wapato Point Cellars and you know you’re going to get great wine and that great food is just steps away. Open daily and year around, the patio beckons in the summertime and the cozy fi . . .
Nefarious Cellars is a bit of a contradiction. The patio overlooking Defiance Vineyard is full of people nestled in colorful chairs, yet it’s a serene scene. The tasting room is packed with visitors but it’s anything but chaotic. Wine is omnipresen . . .
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BY CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, LOS ANGELES TIMES: If you live in Seattle or Spokane, Lake Chelan is your summer go-to spot. Best of all, few Californians know of it. But that's about to change. . .. . .